With this episode of WP Late Night we crossed twenty episode threshold. Wait, does that mean we have to keep doing these now? In this episode we discussed WordCamp San Francisco a good deal, updates to BuddyPress, and the announcements regarding the WordPress Community Summit.
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Matt Mullenweg gave his ninth State of the Word presentation at WordCamp San Francisco this weekend to a standing room only crowd at the Mission Bay Conference Center. He recapped the year’s highlights, reflected on projections from last year, and named a few challenges that WordPress faces at the moment.
A number of the things he covered won’t be news to many of you who read WPCandy often, but some of it well. Check out the full recap below (or the blow-by-blow from the weekend’s liveblog) for all the details.
Speaking of WordCamp San Francisco, a new set of tickets is due out for the conference tomorrow morning. Rather than all of the tickets being available at one time, the San Francisco organizers released batches of tickets over the course of the last few weeks. Live stream tickets are still available in large numbers — it’s the in-the-flesh attendee tickets that some are still clamoring for.
The official schedule and list of speakers hasn’t yet been finalized, but at the very least it’s safe to expect another keynote from Matt Mullenweg and a number of influential members of the WordPress community in attendance.
The last couple batches of tickets have sold out in only a couple of hours, so set your alarms for 10am PST tomorrow morning so you don’t miss out. If you’re already planning on attending WordCamp San Francisco this year, sound off in the comments.
Update: He raised the money needed in less than 24 hours.
Ryan Duff is known in the WordPress community, not only for the drink named after him[ref]See Brad’s drink during just about any episode of WP Late Night.[/ref] but also as a contributor to the project and contract developer. Earlier today he started an Indiegogo campaign to help him fund his trip to WordCamp San Francisco this year. He explains why:
I got a ticket for WCSF and was working my tail off so I could buy airfare. About 3 weeks ago I injured my back and was unable to work for 2 full weeks which has now set me back on all my bills. I can no longer afford airfare or hotel (SF is expensive!!!). I’m asking for your help to get me there.
Duff is asking for $1500, and so far today as brought in $285. If you’re inclined to help him out: $25 gets a thank-you tweet, $100 a blog post about you, and for $500 you can send him a shirt that he’ll wear on Saturday at WordCamp San Francisco. Duff also said that if contributions come in he will spend more time contributing during the WordPress 3.5 development cycle.
You can check out the campaign on Indiegogo and see him tweeting out thanks on Twitter.
This is a fun one: Tammy Hart presented her recap of WordCamp San Francisco at the Internet Professionals Society of Alabama (or IPSA) this week. She posted her slides in this video with a nice soundtrack behind it. A number of the facts and figures listed are from her notes from WordCamp San Francisco.
A good number of presentation videos from WordCamp San Francisco are up on WordPress.tv. From the group currently up I would recommend the Core Team Q&A, Mitcho’s talk, and Mark Jaquith’s scaling presentation.
In this brief video with Matt Mullenweg shot at WordCamp San Francisco, he and the interviewer discuss the commercial theme marketplace and where Automattic and WordPress.org, individually, are headed in the future.
The folks at Theme.fm tracked down and interviewed Alex Mills, likely better known as his handle Viper007Bond. They discussed his various contributions to the WordPress projects, the plugins he has created, and his advice for beginning WordPress developers.
In this interview from the folks at Theme.fm, John Ford discusses what he does at Automattic and when he joined the company. Ford was at WordCamp San Francisco manning the Automattic booth, which you can see in the booth behind Ford in the video (and is pretty cool in its own right!).
The Theme.fm folks interviewed Otto, who is a Tech Ninja for Audrey Capital and regularly spends time working on WordPress.org. The interview covered the tools that Otto chooses to use, what’s on the table for WordPress.org and other community projects, and a little project he put together during the couple of days at WordCamp San Francisco.